Kla Pa Turismo

As "Kla Pa Turismo" (Ready for Tourism) is off to a great start, ENNIA fully recognizes the importance of developing Curaçao’s tourism sector. To show its support for "Kla Pa Turismo", ENNIA is sponsoring 300 employee insurance policies for the participants during the duration of this project.

On Thursday, January 16th, 2020, the "Kla Pa Turismo" project officially launched. CHATA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare and PMO Growth Strategy Curaçao, welcomed the first 45 "Kla Pa Turismo” participants.

The participants started their training on Monday, January 20th. The event launch took place in ENNIA’s training center. ENNIA is a CHATA member and also the biggest sponsor for "Kla Pa Turismo”.

During the presentations, ENNIA’s Yolene Felipa-Lobato focused on the importance of developing Curaçao’s tourism sector, and to show its support for "Kla Pa Turismo", ENNIA is sponsoring 300 employee insurance policies for the participants during the duration of this project.

Luelo Girigorie, representative of the Ministry of Economic Development, Minister Hensley Koeiman of the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare, and Oz Eleonora, representative of PMO Growth Strategy, addressed the participants and wished them the best of luck.

The first 45 participants started on January 20th, 2020 with the “Kitchen Assistant" and "Service Assistant" courses at Marnix College Cas Cora. The "Assistant Hospitality Security" and "Housekeeping" programs will be taught to the following groups. The programs are taught at a basic level and combines learning with on-the-job training at various resorts, restaurants, and other businesses. Experienced teachers provide the training and act as the liaisons between the students and the participating businesses. Participants will put what they’ve learned into practice by working at one of those businesses for a maximum of 5 months. Their training is concluded with a practical exam.

The companies participating in the project are: Chogogo Resort, Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Corendon Mangrove Beach Resort Curaçao, Papagayo Curaçao, Hemingway Restaurant, Nemo Restaurant, Piazza Restaurant, Chill Beach Bar & Grill, Restaurant & Café Governeur De Rouville, Kura Hulanda Lodge & Beach Club, Morena Resort Curaçao, Oasis Coral Estate Beach, Dive & Wellness Resort, AM Resort, Baoase Luxury Resort and Securitas.

“CHATA and the Curaçao government are proud of the realization of this project, which not only helps promote tourism, but also helps unemployed people find a job. We are delighted to have these enthusiastic and motivated participants, from both younger and older generations, participate in this project. This is what "Kla Pa Turismo" stands for."

“Providing great service is a very important part of the programs. ‘Kla Pa Turismo’ undoubtedly focuses on the importance of the tourism sector in Curaçao. However, if we look at the latest positive developments in this sector, we can clearly see we should develop better connections between our education system and businesses, especially when it comes to tourism and hospitality”, said Miles Mercera, President and CEO of CHATA.

At the end of the presentations, the participants were offered an island tour by Irie Tours as an introduction to great service in tourism. CHATA would like to thank everyone who made "Kla Pa Turismo" possible, for example: Marnix College Cas Cora, VPCO, ENNIA, Academy Hotel Curaçao, Teamwork, Total services, Impacto, Caribbean Projects, Roberto Carlo and other teachers.

The "Kla Pa Turismo" project is a Public-Private Partnership between CHATA, the Ministry of Economic Development, the Ministry of Social Development, Labor and Welfare, and many businesses. This project is part of the Curaçao Growth Strategy. Registration for participation is possible via: www.klapatursimo.com.